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Welcome to Imperial Enterprise Lab, the place where the next generation of student innovators and entrepreneurs challenge the norm, make things happen and change the world for the better. Whatever your idea, meet your people, develop new skills, and start your journey with us.

Bring your ideas to life

Imperial Enterprise Lab is the College’s dedicated entrepreneurship training centre for students and postdocs

We provide year-round extra-curricular programmes, masterclasses, and community events, combined with 1-to-1 advice from over 150 expert coaches and mentors, to help you explore new ideas and bring them to life.

Whether you want to tackle a pressing social or environmental challenge, develop new skills to help you in your career, launch the next global tech unicorn or just meet interesting new people – we’re here to help you.

We believe anyone can be an entrepreneur and will support any founder working on any idea – free of charge and with no expectation of equity in return.

All we ask from you is the courage to put your convictions to the test and the humility to learn.

What are you waiting for?

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How we
can help

Connect

Co-working Space

Community Collider Events

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Idea Challenge

Global Challenge Lab

Explore

Idea Surgeries

How To Masterclasses

Validate

WE Innovate

Medtech SuperConnector (MTSC)

Venture Catalyst Challenge (VCC)

Summer Accelerator

Grow

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Pitch Surgeries

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Imperial Venture Mentoring Service

Get started

Book an idea surgery

An Idea Surgery is a business coaching session and the first step to accessing all of the great support services available via Enterprise Lab. Simply book a time to chat with a member of the team, and we’ll ask questions, give advice and point you in the right direction.

Visit the Lab

Looking for somewhere to get some work done, hold a meeting or have a quick catch-up with your fellow entrepreneurs? We’ve created the perfect co-working space at the South Kensington campus and it’s open to all Imperial students, Postdocs and alumni.

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What’s On

Whether you’re looking for inspirational speakers, community events or want to see our teams take to the stage to pitch for prizes, we have the event for you. Check out all the events coming up below.

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What’s on

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Community Collider

Join Imperial Enterprise Lab’s monthly community get together where students from different departments and faculties across the college can come together, collide, and form interesting new pairings and connections!

Make connections that count

Community Collider is our monthly social that brings together entrepreneurs from every corner of Imperial College London. It’s the place where great minds collide!

Make new friends, meet future collaborators and join the Enterprise Lab community in a friendly, relaxed and creative environment at Community Collider.

Hosted by your Community Support Coordinators, expect fun icebreakers and great conversation together with tasty refreshments. Everyone is welcome to attend, from undergrad to alumni. You don’t even need to have a business idea.

Brilliant brainwaves can come from chance encounters, so take the opportunity to boost your network and get inspired at our next gathering.   

Have a question? Get in touch with the Community Team [email protected]

Watch Community Collider in action!

Find out what to expect from our Community Collider event with this video from undergraduate Biological Sciences student Chan, one of our attendees.

Leadership Team

Ben Mumby-Croft
Ben Mumby-Croft

Director of Imperial Enterprise Lab

Markus Perkmann
Markus Perkmann

Academic Director

Sarah Ranchev-Hale
Sarah Ranchev-Hale

Head of Programmes & Partnerships

Community & Operations

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Incubation Services

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What’s on

Upcoming events

Discover what’s on (online, of course!) at Imperial Enterprise Lab

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Our community

Meet our game changers

VUI Diagnostics
VUI Diagnostics are developing a technology to provide simple, affordable and accurate retinal imaging to help address avoidable blindness around the world.
Hippocampus
Hippocampus is an immersive virtual reality solution for those who need help with their long-term memory.
The Shellworks Team
The Shellworks

This year’s VCC winners have created a plastic alternative from seafood waste that breaks down in any natural environment, allowing consumers to throw away their waste worry-free.

Jelly Drops
Jelly Drops have created hydrating treats that enable people with dementia to hydrate more often and independently.
hydroCotton
hydroCotton are growing radically sustainable cotton to help the fashion industry clean up the world’s dirtiest crop.
BIO-F Solutions
Bio-F Solutions are transforming the way our food is produced by developing eco-friendly fertilisers based on natural micro-organisms.

Read the latest
issue of D/srupt

The fifth issue of D/srupt has landed!

In this issue we speak to the new President of Imperial College London, Professor Hugh Brady, about the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship. We meet the Imperial Founders that have made the Entrepreneurs’ Pledge to support the next generation, and we delve into the sustainability issues with fast fashion and meet the Imperial startups combatting the problem.

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Our impact

2020/21

 

Businesses incorporated

Million pounds funding raised

Jobs created

Individual students engaged

Resources

Here are some resources to help you on your journey to build your startup. Whether you are early stages with an idea or have an incorporated business, there is something for everyone!

Accelerator Programmes

Looking to take your idea to the next level, fast? Accelerators are a great way of getting seed investment as well as a programme of activity to keep you on track.

Creative Destruction Lab

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a nonprofit organisation that delivers an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies.

Mathsworks

MathWorks Accelerator helps startups advance their development and ELab startups can get technical support and guidance from domain experts, plus free access to industry-proven software. 

Techstars

Each year, Techstars choose over 500 early-stage companies to join one of our 3-month, mentorship-driven accelerators, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars network for life.

Y Combinator

Twice a year Y Combinator invest $500,000 per company in a large number of startups. They work intensively with the companies for three months, to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors.

Tools

Useful tools to support your day-to-day activities and events and make you and your team work smarter, not harder.

Biorender

Pre-made icons and templates from more than 30 fields of life sciences. Great for making pitch decks and websites.

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Bridge

Scale your company faster and avoid operational mistakes with Bridge. All you need to do is provide some basic information about their business, and answer a few questions. In return you’ll get a profile on how your company compares to other companies at a similar stage of fundraising. You’ll also get a prioritised action list to help you get ready for the next round of funding.

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Google Forms

Create a survey, target respondents and generate statistically significant results in just days. Great for early stage customer discovery!

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Google Analytics

Gives you the free tools you need to analyse data for your business in one place, so you can make smarter decisions

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Food Packaging and Labelling

Get the low-down on the legal requirements that you have to follow as a food business.

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Landscape

A one-stop shop for founder-friendly tools including investor lists, VC reviews (by founders) and partner discounts. The platform also encourages founders to showcase their venture to potential investors. You can also receive and offer help to other founders.

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Mentimeter

Great tool for creating interactive presentations, interactive polls, quizzes and surveys available to all Imperial students staff and alumni. (NB alumni can get an alumni imperial email address to retain access)

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Mural

Mural enables innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve problems. A great tool for collaborating with your team, especially when working remotely!

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Odin

A free resource for founders to discover and contact investors anywhere.

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Strategyzer

Silicon Valley originals, Alexander Osterwalder and David J. Bland have built this platform to help entrepreneurs build their company. With masterclasses, books and canvases to get you started. 

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The Business Model Canvas

Globally recognised software to design business models.

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Value Proposition Canvas

A great tool to help you understand your customers

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Keynotes

Introduction to UN SDG’s swith Prof. Michael Templeton

What is UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 Good Health and Well-being and why is this particular goal important? Imperial College London’s Professor Michael Templeton explores the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing.

Introduction to Global Challenge Lab 2021 Tracks

Join Dr Nazneen Rahman, Founder of YewMaker as we discuss the four tracks on the Global Challenge Lab 2021.

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Contact us

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Imperial College London
Level 0, Sherfield Building
(Access next to Great Hall)
South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ

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Opening hours

We are open Monday – Friday. Please visit our Co-Working Space page for our current opening hours

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Grand Final

Closing Ceremony & Demo Day

Hear from the top eight global teams as they pitch to win a share of the £20,000 prize fund.

We will also host a fireside chat between Anne-Marie Tomchak and Fred Hassan, where we will explore Fred’s exceptional career, his thoughts on the healthcare industry and his advice on leadership.

Global Challenge Lab

Join students from across the world to form international teams and generate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges and work towards the UN Sustainable Development Skills. Learn new skills, meet new people and win a share of the prize fund.

This year the Challenge will focus on goal number seven: Affordable and Clean Energy.

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Designed to boost the opportunities available to women in entrepreneurship, over the past 9 years, Imperial’s WE Innovate programme has provided a wide range of opportunities to women interested in entrepreneurship, from developing business ideas and entrepreneurship skills to raising investment and networking.  

This year, the WE Innovate programme will culminate our live final, providing an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant achievements and progress of women entrepreneurs at Imperial College London. In our final event, our £33K prize fund, sponsored by bp, will be awarded by a panel of world-class entrepreneurial, academic and industry experts.

To our audience in the room, welcome! It’s great to have you with us. Anyone unable to join us this evening will be able to access the recording of the event at the link below from the 23 June 2023.

Message from Professor Maggie Dallman
Vice-President (International) & Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships), 
Imperial College London

It is an absolute pleasure to welcome you to the WE Innovate Final 2023. I am honoured to be supporting the programme once again this year and very much looking forward to learning more about the ideas that the teams have come up with over the past 6 months and welcoming you to the Final and networking event this June, where the 5 finalists will pitch to the judges, and all the teams can showcase their ventures.  

Supporting women’s entrepreneurship at Imperial not only helps our women students, graduates and alumni achieve their potential, but also promotes the significant contributions which women make to our society. Nowhere is this more important than in STEM fields, where young women are still woefully underrepresented. At Imperial, we are also fortunate to attract students from a wide range of backgrounds and it is incredibly encouraging to see this diversity reflected in this year’s WE Innovate cohort.  

I would like to extend special thanks to bp, for supporting the programme again this year and for their sponsorship of the prize fund. This fund will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the businesses who receive it.  

I would also like to thank the industry experts and WE Innovate alumni who have peer mentored and shared both their time and expertise. Their insights have been an invaluable source of wisdom for our participants, and they are certainly one of the features which makes WE Innovate truly unique.  

Finally, I would like to thank the Enterprise Lab team for putting together and facilitating the programme. Without them, the programme could not have run so successfully over the past 9 years.   

Meet the Judges

Alexsis de Raadt St James

Managing Partner, Merian Ventures

Founder and Managing Partner of Merian Ventures, a US/UK venture capital firm focused on female founded and cofounded deep tech companies in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain and Consumerfacing technologies. Alexsis began her career in the finance, energy and technology sectors, where she held senior executive roles in M&A, venture, corporate finance and product strategy at Shell International and more recently, Merian Ventures.

She is a frequent speaker and author on digital business, venture and the role of women in technology. Alexsis is a Fulbright Commissioner, Advisory Board member at the Oxford Internet Institute, The Foundry at Oxford, Founder of WE Innovate STEM Accelerator Imperial College London and a Board member and Advisor to companies she’s funded or founded. She has an MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Erasmus University.

Ladi Greenstreet

UKI Lead, Accenture Ventures, Open Innovation and Chief Executive Officer, Diversity VC

Ladi operates at the intersection between technology, business and innovation is determined to find the best solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. He is the lead for Accenture Ventures UKI where is specialises in investing in growth-stage companies and guiding large companies through digital transformation.

He is also the CEO for Diversity.VC, a non-profit on a mission to create a Venture Capital industry where one’s identity is no longer a barrier to making or receiving investments. As a bridge between an extensive network of enterprise, entrepreneurs and investors, he is uniquely placed to lead impactful change.

Vjera Magdalenic-Moussavi

Director of Industry Partnerships & Commercialisation FoM, Imperial

Director of Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation for the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, leading the Faculty’s Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation (IPC) team in maximising the impact of Imperial’s research discoveries by stimulating, identifying and progressing opportunities to develop research and technologies through collaboration and commercialisation.

Responsible for the strategy, organisation and operations of the IPC – Medicine team, seeking to grow engagement with industry , research translation and commercialisation activities, guiding the protection, development and commercialisation of Imperial’s discoveries which have a transformative impact on society.

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